Short Essay Questions Key
1. How does Sir Phillip react when he learns that his wife is expecting their first child?
When Sir Phillip and Lady Anna learn that they are expecting their first child, they are happy with anticipation. Sir Phillip chooses a name for the child, Stephen, and begins referring to the baby by this name immediately. He doesn't care what the sex of the child is as long as it is healthy.
2. What type of relationship does young Stephen have with the family housemaid, Collins?
When Stephen is a child, she falls deeply in love with the family housemaid, Collins, although she is too young to understand the emotions behind her obsessions. When she hears that Collins is suffering from housemaid's knee, she sits on her own knees for hours at a time, begging God to inflict her with the condition instead.
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